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Youth CI: New Opportunities and 23 New Grantees!

Youth CI kicked off another Ontario-wide tour last week to engage with communities and organizations interested in Collective Impact for youth outcomes. These events are the start of our second cohort, a new round of opportunities for youth-focused collaboratives to join the program. We are grateful to our partners for welcoming us to their communities. Here’s a quick run-down of where we’ve been. Next stop, Sault Ste. Marie on July 8th!

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Interested in Collective Impact for youth in Ontario? Youth CI Workshop 1 applications for the second cohort open on July 1st. Reach out to info@youthci.ca for more information.

Youth CI June 2015 information sessions is Durham (left) and Waterloo (right)

Youth CI June 2015 Launch Event in Toronto (left) and Waterloo information session (right)

Congratulations to the first cohort of grantees!

Youth CI was thrilled to announce and celebrate the first round of 23 Youth CI collaboratives in Toronto on June 22. Representatives from Youth CI grantees CITY and Yonge Street Mission shared their experiences from the workshops and coaching sessions, and talked about the biggest lessons they’ve learned so far. They talked about the value of building trust with their collaborative members throughout the Collective Impact process, which Youth CI supports through full-day action-oriented workshops and on-going communication with coaches.  We also welcomed representatives from the Ontario Ministry of Children and Youth Services to address the community and speak about the important role Youth CI is playing in the Province’s youth strategy.

ysm_lgThe first cohort of initiatives spans across diverse sectors, including youth health, homelessness, arts, graduation rates, and cyber violence. Click here to learn about these supported initiatives and the outcomes for youth they are looking to achieve.

The program continues to work one-on-one with the groups as we progress through the summer. The leader of one of Youth CI’s new grantee initiatives, Fraser Scantlebury, Executive Director of United Way Lanark County, shared his experience:

“Interacting with the Youth CI Team at the initial Workshop greatly assisted us as we worked through our Theory of Change, helping to clarify our ideas into a straightforward statement that we are able to take back to our community for increased stakeholder engagement.  Since then, our Youth CI Coach has started to work with us on the follow-up process, and been very supportive as we move forward.  The ideas and concepts we are learning about the Innoweave Collective Impact model are already shaping our approach to other issues we are trying to address in our community.  A highly worthwhile experience!”

We look forward to keeping you updated on these exciting initiatives as they grow!